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Robert Lloyd

Columnist

Robert Lloyd has been a Los Angeles Times television critic since 2003. Previously, he held that position at L.A. Weekly, whose music editor and critic he also was for some years, and was the author of the Today column at the late Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His oral history of “Freaks & Geeks” appeared in the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair. Sometimes, usually after dark, he masquerades as a musician (credits available on request).

Recent Articles

  • Bob Elliott's gone, but his influence on modern comedy remains

    Bob Elliott's gone, but his influence on modern comedy remains

    Bob Elliott, the half of the comedy duo Bob & Ray who was named Bob, died Tuesday at home in Maine, at the age of 92. I am trying hard not to take this personally. The father of the comedian and actor Chris Elliott – in life and on Elliott's sitcom "Get a Life" – and the grandfather of the comedians...

  • The truth about show biz, according to Javier Grillo-Marxuach

    The truth about show biz, according to Javier Grillo-Marxuach

    If all he had ever done was create "The Middleman," a madcap, madly allusive mix of sci-fi adventure, celebration and parody that ran for a season in 2008 on ABC Family (now Freeform, whatever), Javier Grillo-Marxuach would have a place on my figurative shelf of culture heroes. (It is stocked with...

  • 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' on FX focuses on the lawyers and the lawyering

    'The People v. O.J. Simpson' on FX focuses on the lawyers and the lawyering

    To inaugurate his latest anthology series, "American Crime Story," Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story," "Glee") has chosen to make a miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial — that is, the first O.J. Simpson Trial, when the former football star was charged in the killings of his wife, Nicole, and...

  • 'Grease: Live' is an exuberant, technically audacious performance

    'Grease: Live' is an exuberant, technically audacious performance

    Following NBC into the musical-theater as live television event/stunt business, Fox put up a production of "Grease" on Sunday night, filling it with young-ish singing stars, many with roots in the Disney/Nickelodeon industrial-pop complex that is modern kids' television. Starring Aaron Tveit, whose...

  • With 'Horace and Pete,' Louis C.K. drops a drama on the Internet

    With 'Horace and Pete,' Louis C.K. drops a drama on the Internet

    Unexpectedly and without notice, as if he were a pop star, Louis C.K. sent a drama out into the world Saturday, via his website, with the message, "Hi there. Horace and Pete Episode 1 is available for download. $5. We hope you like it." Written and directed by C.K. and shot multi-camera with long...

  • TV Pick: With Riot L.A., comedy spreads all over downtown

    TV Pick: With Riot L.A., comedy spreads all over downtown

    Riot L.A. (various venues, downtown Los Angeles, Friday through Sunday). Los Angeles is a city of comedy. It's not the only city of comedy – there are New York and Chicago (and Toronto and London, among other places where English is spoken). There is comedy practiced everywhere – given the minimal...

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